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Western and Glasgow Gailes to Provide the Test for Scotland’s Top Male Golfers at Scottish Men’s Amateur Championship

Posted on 25/07/2022

Scotland’s top male golfers will travel to the Ayrshire coast this week to compete at Western Gailes and Glasgow Gailes in the Scottish Men’s Amateur Championship.

With entries well oversubscribed, the event was balloted at a handicap index of 1.4, meaning it will be one of the strongest Men’s Amateur fields in recent years.

264 competitors will tee it up in Ayrshire, with the format of the event being two rounds of strokeplay qualifying over Tuesday and Wednesday, with one round on each course. The top-64 from strokeplay qualifying will then progress to the matchplay stages which get underway at Glasgow Gailes on Thursday and conclude on Saturday.

In 2021, it was Angus Carrick who claimed the title at Murcar Links with a two-up victory in the final against Connor Wilson.  By winning last year, Carrick emulated his father, David, who claimed the title at Southerness in 1985. Carrick will be in the field again this year as he looks to defend the title he won twelve months ago. Wilson will also be teeing it up this week, looking to go one better than he did in 2021.

Connor Graham also had a great event in 2021, reaching the semi-finals at the age of just 14, being knocked out in a tight match by eventual winner Carrick. Since then, Graham has had some fantastic results including a runner-up finish at the Lytham Trophy, a 7th place finish at the St Andrews Links Trophy and an impressive win at the R&A Junior Open at Monifieth. Graham will be looking for another strong week, having first played in the event in 2019 at just 12 years old.

Connor’s brother Gregor will also be competing and comes into the week off the back of winning the Dutch Boys Junior Open by three shots last week.

The Men’s Amateur has an illustrious list of past winners including the likes of Colin Montgomerie, Stephen Gallacher, Robert McIntyre, David Law, and Grant Forrest.

This week’s venues are two of Scotland’s top courses and have hosted a variety of top national and international events.

Glasgow Gailes Links has been an Open Championship Final Qualifying course since 1973 and it has also hosted several events including The Home Internationals, the Europe v USA Palmer Trophy, the Scottish PGA Championship, and the British Youths Open Amateur Championship. From 2014 to 2017, Gailes Links was the sole Final Open Qualifying course in Scotland.

Western Gailes has also hosted top events over the years including the Curtis Cup, the European Men’s Amateur Team Championship, the Boys Home Internationals, the British Seniors Amateur Championship, and the PGA Championship.

The draw for the opening two rounds of strokeplay qualifying can be found here. Scoring will be available via the same link.